The weird and wonderful world of eBay

Written by Jess Watt.

I’m relatively new to the world of eBay, but as a newbie I’ve already acquired lots of handy tips.

eBay's headquarters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

For example, remembering to put the correct email address on your PayPal account is pretty handy – for weeks I wondered why I wasn’t receiving any payments (major blonde moment) but luckily the people at PayPal are really friendly and helpful.

After seeing how much my sister was making, I realised I had nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain and emptied my wardrobe to be uploaded onto eBay. So, if like me, you have hoards of bags, clothes and shoes that just sit in your wardrobe, it’s time to let go and use the money you make to buy yourself some new items.

Here are a few extra selling tips that I learnt from my sister before getting started…

1. Only put online what you think will sell. If it doesn’t sell the first time around, lower the price. Perhaps change the description to make it sound more appealing and use the best image that really shows the item off.

2.  Use a decent camera or mobile phone that takes high quality pictures. Good images will attract more interest.

3.  If you sell an item and for some reason you’re going to be despatching it a little late, then message the buyer. Treat your customer how you would want to be treated. I sold a dress to someone when I was at my home address but  the dress was still at uni, so I emailed them to say it would be a few days late which they appreciated.

4. Also, make sure your PayPal is linked to your bank account. I experienced weeks of stress with being unable to receive my payments. Again -blonde moment. It happens to the best of us.

5. Don’t send any items unless you have received full payment. Often people try and be sneaky and will tell you they have paid when they haven’t, so be wary.

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